Anhinga

Clumsy yet graceful, odd-looking yet beautiful–thus we describe the Anhinga. A warm-habitat water bird, sometimes called the “Water Turkey” or “Snake Bird”, these large birds hunt prey by gliding beneath the surface of the water. There they pursue small fish– weaving their...

Caterpillar Locomotion

A forward-moving wave best describes the locomotion of a crawling caterpillar. Eating-machines on their way to becoming butterflies and moths, the caterpillar’s undulations are quite unique among invertebrates; the gut of the caterpillar is capable of independent movement. First, the gut...

Summer Clouds

High in the sky–large, roiling masses of condensed air; summer cloud formations form some of the most dramatic scenes in nature. Strong updrafts lifting currents of air cause water vapor to condense and form clouds. When there is fast, powerful convection caused by atmospheric...

American Bison

Weighing in at one ton and standing over 5 feet at the shoulder, the American Bison, or more commonly known as the Buffalo, is the largest, heaviest herbivore in North America. Once numbering in the millions they were persecuted heavily in the 1800’s; their numbers dipping to around 500...

Scaled Quail Rendezvous

Sometimes you can search high and low for wildlife and rarely see it. While on a video shoot in New Mexico, however, we happened upon this group of scaled quail–literally under our noses in the parking lot. They attracted quite a crowd with their gregarious grouping and feisty...

Killdeer- New Hatchlings

Killdeer are one of the most familiar plovers running the grounds in North America. Named for their vocalization, they are active both day and night. They will often visit well-lit ball fields and parks in the evenings, where they are quite social and vocal. Considered shorebirds, any water...

Common Snapping Turtle

In Early May, American Snapping Turtles begin to rise from the depths of the ponds where they have been wintering. Called estivating, these turtles will spend the entire winter submerged in the mud in the bottom of ponds and streams. Then, seeing the light and feeling the warmth of the early...

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird...

When you are only two inches high, protecting your special patch of flowers for your food source becomes a demanding job; you are always on duty. Sitting nearby, you must be ever vigilant for intruders, which must be immediately chased off. North America’s only breeding hummingbirds, the...

Bluets and Ebony Jewelwin...

Bluets and Damselflies are small invertebrates belonging to the group Odonata. Along with their cousins, dragonflies, they are members of the oldest insect species–dating back to over 200 million years. Spending most of their lives as larva, or nymphs, they live in ponds and lakes...

Baltimore Oriole

After wintering in Central America, these Baltimore Orioles have selected a perfect nesting spot; high in a cottonwood tree. The Female Oriole alone weaves the nest for the brood. It can take her a week or more to construct the sturdy, tightly woven basket. Using grasses, bark, wool and even...